This section of charts contains education data for Ritchie County West Virginia based mainly on the latest year 2021 American Community Survey census data but also the survey from Common Core Data available for Public Elementary through Secondary Schools. In Figure 1, the percent of all people aged 25 years or older, who have either graduated from high school or completed the Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) or some equivalent certification/credential. Ritchie County depicts it has a High School Grad or higher of 84% which is in the mid point range of other counties in the metro area. The county with the highest percent high school graduates or better in the area is Tyler County which shows a high school graduates of 89% (6.8% larger).
In Figure 2, the percentage of people aged 25 years or older who have graduated from college/university with at least a bachelor's degree is provided. Note that the bachelor's degree is also called a four-year degree because it normally takes four years of full-time study to finish the course curriculum required to obtain the degree. This chart portrays the proportion of the population in this region who are college graduates with at least a bachelor degree or higher. In many ways, this analysis alongside the prior chart are very quick measures of the level of education in any particular area. Ritchie County depicts it has a Bachelors Degree or higher of 12% which is less than most other counties in the metro area. The county with the highest percent with a bachelors degree or higher in the area is Gilmer County which depicts a percent with a bachelors degree of 17% (44.1% larger).
Figure 4 shows the percentage of people 25 years of age or older who either have no schooling at all or dropped out of school before being able to complete high school. Additionally, these are people who also do not have a Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) or some other high school level type credential/student achievement. This analysis, along with the last two charts, provides another high level review and comparative data on the Ritchie County West Virginia educational level. Ritchie County depicts it has a School Dropout Rate of 16% which is in the mid range of other counties in the local area. The county with the highest percent who dropped out of school in the area is Doddridge County which depicts a percent who dropped out of school of 18% (9.5% larger).
The next chart shows a break down of people who have received a bachelor's degree or higher advanced degree generally in a campus learning environment. In particular, Figure 6, provides the proportional breakdown of all the people who have received a postsecondary education along with what the level of advanced degree that was obtained. Note that these categories do not include any type professional development type activities such as those related to maintaining professional credentials in workshop lessons. Note Professional Degree includes medical, dental, lawyers, etc. Ritchie County has the percentage of percent of people with an associate degree less than most other counties in the greater region at 37% of the total.
The chart in Figure 7 shows the broad area of academic concentration or the discipline for people who have received a bachelors degree. This high level classification is essentially the field of study for which a degree was obtained. Ritchie County has the smallest proportion of percent of people with a science or engineering degree at 9.2% of the total.
The next chart (Figure 8) provides a more detailed deep dive on the category of major degree obtained for people aged 25 years or older who earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Specifically, this frequency distribution details out what the major field of study was the degree obtained. Ritchie County has the smallest proportion of percent of people with a degree in multidisciplinary studies at 9.2% of the total. Second, it has the largest proportion of percent of people with a degree in liberal arts and history at 3.7% of the total and is ranked #1. The next exhibit (Figure 11) provides detailed cross tabulation analysis that provides education success data broken out or cross tabulated by age group. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.
Figure 12 is a cross tabulation analysis that shows large educational success categories and is broken out or cross tabulated by racial group. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.The final cross tabulation analysis is provided in Figure 13 and shows education success broken out by gender. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.
Ritchie County School Enrollment Charts
The next section of chart resources look at school enrollment by a variety of educational institutions and are categorized into a number of other groupings. Figure 14 provides the overall school enrollment by broad range of school age/level groupings. Ritchie County has one of the largest proportions of percent of children in kindergarten at 24.7% of the total and is ranked #3. Only #2 Wirt County (29.8%), and #1 Calhoun County (38.1%) are larger. Second, it has the largest proportion of percent of children in grade 1 to 4 at 33.3% of the total and is ranked #1. Third, it has the smallest proportion of percent of children in grades 9 to 12 at 4.6% of the total.
Figure 15 provides a simple high level comparison of the proportion of students that are enrolled in public schools versus students enrolled in private schools in the Ritchie County West Virginia region. Ritchie County depicts percent enrolled in public schools markedly bigger as the percent enrolled in private schools.
The next comparison provided in Figure 16 shows the proportion of students enrolled in private schools versus students enrolled public schools for students enrolled in Kindergarten through 8th grade (grade 8) or (K through 8). Ritchie County depicts percent of children enrolled in public k-8 grades considerably bigger as the percent of children enrolled in private k-8 grades.
Figure 17 provides a comparative analysis all students enrolled in a public high school versus those students who are enrolled in private high school schools. Ritchie County depicts percent enrolled in a public high school considerably bigger as the percent enrolled in a private high school.
The next chart (Figure 18) provides a similar analysis to the last chart but provides the data for public post secondary education versus private higher education colleges. Ritchie County shows percent enrolled in a public college 44.8% larger as the percent enrolled in a private college.
Figure 19 shows another view of students enrolled in public or private schools-postsecondary schools or colleges/universities. This analysis shows the proportion for all graduate and professional schools (such as law or medical school) and whether those students are enrolled in private or public institutions. Ritchie County depicts percent enrolled in a public gradudate or professional school 64.3% larger as the percent enrolled in a private gradudate or professional school.
The next chart in this series of resources shown in Figure 20 looks at the total number of students enrolled in any educational institution for each place in the greater Ritchie County region. (Total enrollment in this case includes all students from preschool all the way through students enrolled in graduate school.) Ritchie County depicts it has a Total Enrolled of 1,703 which is the second most total enrolled of all the counties in the greater Ritchie County region. The county with the highest total population enrolled in school in the area is Gilmer County which depicts a total population enrolled in school of 2,061 (21.0% larger). Comparing total population enrolled in school to the United States average of 80,497,960, Ritchie County is only about 0.0% the size. Also, in comparison with the state of West Virginia, total population enrolled in school of 378,326, Ritchie County is only about 0.5% the size.
The final chart in this series is Figure 22 and provides analysis data for the school year shown. The chart shows the proportion of kids/children that are enrolled in a pre-school public district versus those kids/children who are enrolled in a private pre-school oriented tuition institution (private salary/superintendent/etc.) Ritchie County West Virginia has the largest proportion of public preschool enrollment at 43% of the total and is ranked #1.
Ritchie County Area Schools Charts
Figure 23 lists all the schools in the area along with the school district, county location and other program information/credential such as if they are a public charter school or private charter school or magnet school. Some of the Area Schools are: Harrisville Elementary, Ellenboro Elementary, Ritchie County High School, Ritchie County Middle, and Smithville Elementary. The next illustration in Figure 24 shows the total child school enrollment for all grades (through 12th grade) at the school shown using NCES data (Common Core of Data, Public Elementary-Secondary School Universe Survey.) Looking at Enrollment for Area Schools we find that Ritchie County High School ranks the largest with a value of 460 enrolled students. The next largest values are for: St. Marys High School (404), Pleasants County Middle School (375), Doddridge County Middle School (353), and Doddridge County High School (350). The difference between the highest value (Ritchie County High School) and the next highest (St. Marys High School) is that the enrolled students is about 13.9% larger.
Figure 25 show the ratio of the number of students to the number of teachers in the classroom. A good student to teacher ratio should be low because it indicates that there are less students for any one teacher to educate in a class and generally a better learning environment, better success and optimal teaching excellence. Teachers includes all educational staff such as special education teachers and any other educator. Note that distance learning (online learning/remote learning) is not included in these values. Looking at Student to Teacher Ratio for Area Schools we find that Pressley Ridge At White Oak Village ranks the largest with a value of 6.2 student to teacher ratio. The next largest values are for: Doddridge County High School (11.1), Smithville Elementary (11.6), Belmont Elementary School (12.0), and Doddridge County Middle School (12.1). The difference between the lowest value (Pressley Ridge At White Oak Village) and the next lowest (Doddridge County High School) is that the student to teacher ratio is 78.4% larger.
The next chart, Figure 26, shows the racial mix of students at each location in this district of the state of West Virginia department of education.
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